Obaro Urges Firms to Em­brace Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion

Nigeria Communications Week - - News - Bankole Orija

WITH busi­nesses around the world con­fronting the chal­lenges that arose as a re­sult of the COVID-19 pan­demic and fully ad­just­ing to the re­al­i­ties of a new nor­mal, the need for or­gan­i­sa­tions to fully em­brace dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion has been more press­ing than ever.

By adopt­ing dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, they would be able to gain com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage, at­tain new fron­tiers and gen­er­ally stand the test of time in a sus­tain­able and prof­itable man­ner.

John Obaro, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Sys­temSpecs, made this as­ser­tion as he re­cently de­liv­ered the key­note ad­dress to a cross-sec­tion of busi­ness lead­ers from all over Nige­ria at the open­ing of the 2-day Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme or­gan­ised by front­line train­ing in­sti­tute, Fi­nan­cial In­sti­tu­tions Train­ing Cen­tre (FITC), which held on­line.

Sys­temSpecs, provider of Remita, Hu­manMan­ager and Paylink, is home to some of the most in­no­va­tive fi­nan­cial and hu­man cap­i­tal tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions and ser­vices from Nige­ria to the rest of Africa and the world.

Rep­re­sented by De­mola Ig­bal­a­jobi, Sys­temSpecs’ ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor in charge of Pub­lic Sec­tor and Spe­cial Projects, Obaro said: “Busi­nesses must in­no­vate around the chal­lenges that con­front the world today while also lever­ag­ing the lim­it­less op­por­tu­ni­ties that the fu­ture holds. The ca­pa­bil­ity of or­gan­i­sa­tions to adopt tech­nol­ogy to en­hance dif­fer­ent as­pects of their op­er­a­tions for op­ti­mal pro­duc­tiv­ity and sus­tained growth will de­ter­mine the ex­tent of their success.”

Not­ing that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion strate­gies is no longer just an op­tion but a ne­ces­sity for busi­nesses, Obaro stated that it is im­por­tant to be clear on the ob­jec­tives and the de­sired out­comes of such ex­er­cise. Or­gan­i­sa­tions must also in­vest in the en­hance­ment of pro­cesses, peo­ple, tools and prod­ucts as well as en­sure they main­tain good stand­ing with the laws of the land.

“Trans­for­ma­tions do not hap­pen on a plat­ter; they re­quire de­lib­er­ate ac­tions taken in the face of re­strict­ing reg­u­la­tions, com­pet­ing pri­or­i­ties, non­com­mit­tal stake­hold­ers and a dearth of re­sources like funds and ex­per­tise,” Obaro added.

To thrive in the econ­omy of the fu­ture, or­gan­i­sa­tions must adopt for­ward-think­ing, end-to-end ap­proaches.

How­ever, Obaro also clearly iden­ti­fied the need for or­gan­i­sa­tional cul­tures that sup­port in­no­va­tion be­cause with a non-pro­gres­sive or­gan­i­sa­tional cul­ture will dwarf or even be the death of any in­no­va­tive strat­egy.

The FITC event, which helped busi­nesses to be more in­ten­tional about im­prov­ing per­for­mance through the adop­tion of dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, ro­bust busi­ness mod­els and highly in­no­va­tive work­force, ex­posed par­tic­i­pants to in­no­va­tive tools, skills, trends and tech­niques to thrive in an im­mensely com­pet­i­tive world.

FITC pro­vides top-notch per­for­mance im­prove­ment so­lu­tions through learn­ing, ad­vi­sory and re­search ser­vices to all sec­tors of the econ­omy.

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